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Occupational Employment and Wages, May 2018

27-2041 Music Directors and Composers

Conduct, direct, plan, and lead instrumental or vocal performances by musical groups, such as orchestras, bands, choirs, and glee clubs. Includes arrangers, composers, choral directors, and orchestrators.


National estimates for this occupation
Industry profile for this occupation
Geographic profile for this occupation

National estimates for this occupation: Top

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for this occupation:

Employment (1) Employment
RSE (3)
Mean hourly
wage
Mean annual
wage (2)
Wage RSE (3)
12,160 4.1 % $28.75 $59,790 2.8 %

Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50%
(Median)
75% 90%
Hourly Wage $10.41 $14.88 $23.86 $33.54 $54.24
Annual Wage (2) $21,640 $30,950 $49,630 $69,770 $112,820


Industry profile for this occupation: Top

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all industries with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.

Industries with the highest levels of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 4,370 2.23 $24.11 $50,150
Elementary and Secondary Schools 2,840 0.03 $27.94 $58,120
Performing Arts Companies 2,680 2.06 $33.24 $69,140
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $31.24 $64,980
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.72 $32.51 $67,610

Industries with the highest concentration of employment in this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Religious Organizations 4,370 2.23 $24.11 $50,150
Performing Arts Companies 2,680 2.06 $33.24 $69,140
Sound Recording Industries 130 0.73 $34.23 $71,200
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.72 $32.51 $67,610
Motion Picture and Video Industries 340 0.08 (8) (8)

Top paying industries for this occupation:

Industry Employment (1) Percent of industry employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Promoters of Performing Arts, Sports, and Similar Events 110 0.07 $38.45 $79,970
Sound Recording Industries 130 0.73 $34.23 $71,200
Performing Arts Companies 2,680 2.06 $33.24 $69,140
Independent Artists, Writers, and Performers 370 0.72 $32.51 $67,610
Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools 460 0.02 $31.24 $64,980


Geographic profile for this occupation: Top

States and areas with the highest published employment, location quotients, and wages for this occupation are provided. For a list of all areas with employment in this occupation, see the Create Customized Tables function.





States with the highest employment level in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York 2,780 0.30 3.53 $31.79 $66,120
California 1,230 0.07 0.86 $31.06 $64,600
Texas 890 0.07 0.87 $29.43 $61,210
Oregon 830 0.44 5.25 $22.12 $46,000
Florida 640 0.07 0.89 $34.82 $72,420




States with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Oregon 830 0.44 5.25 $22.12 $46,000
Montana 160 0.35 4.11 $13.99 $29,100
New York 2,780 0.30 3.53 $31.79 $66,120
Hawaii 160 0.25 2.92 $24.63 $51,230
Idaho 100 0.15 1.76 (8) (8)




Top paying States for this occupation:

State Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minnesota 200 0.07 0.85 $42.58 $88,570
Connecticut 130 0.08 0.92 $37.28 $77,550
District of Columbia 90 0.12 1.46 $37.13 $77,220
Alabama 80 0.04 0.51 $36.08 $75,050
Georgia 200 0.05 0.54 $35.32 $73,470





Metropolitan areas with the highest employment level in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,260 0.24 2.83 $35.59 $74,020
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 580 0.48 5.75 $22.47 $46,730
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 420 0.07 0.82 $29.95 $62,300
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 270 0.09 1.04 $29.84 $62,070
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 270 0.11 1.34 $37.39 $77,780
Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL-IN-WI 260 0.06 0.68 $19.06 $39,650
Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX 230 0.06 0.77 $28.88 $60,060
Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH 210 0.07 0.89 $27.75 $57,720
Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI 200 0.10 1.21 $24.15 $50,240
Rochester, NY 200 0.38 4.53 $24.16 $50,250




Metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Corvallis, OR 30 0.83 9.89 $18.86 $39,220
Billings, MT 60 0.68 8.05 $10.82 $22,500
Bend-Redmond, OR 50 0.56 6.61 $24.38 $50,710
Medford, OR 40 0.49 5.83 $18.71 $38,910
Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA 580 0.48 5.75 $22.47 $46,730
Charlottesville, VA 50 0.41 4.86 (8) (8)
Eugene, OR 60 0.39 4.63 $22.85 $47,540
Amarillo, TX 40 0.39 4.64 $28.76 $59,830
Rochester, NY 200 0.38 4.53 $24.16 $50,250
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 30 0.35 4.18 $18.25 $37,960




Top paying metropolitan areas for this occupation:

Metropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, MN-WI 130 0.07 0.79 $51.34 $106,780
Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA 90 0.03 0.39 $42.04 $87,440
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT 40 0.09 1.02 $39.71 $82,600
Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA 90 0.05 0.57 $37.91 $78,850
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 270 0.11 1.34 $37.39 $77,780
Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD 40 0.03 0.33 $35.74 $74,330
New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA 2,260 0.24 2.83 $35.59 $74,020
Austin-Round Rock, TX 60 0.05 0.65 $34.37 $71,490
Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY 70 0.15 1.78 $33.29 $69,240
Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 140 0.05 0.57 $32.66 $67,930

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest employment in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 6.18 (8) (8)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 4.66 $19.30 $40,140
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 4.31 $20.62 $42,900
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.10 $23.84 $49,590
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.28 $25.34 $52,700

Nonmetropolitan areas with the highest concentration of jobs and location quotients in this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Capital/Northern New York nonmetropolitan area 80 0.52 6.18 (8) (8)
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 4.66 $19.30 $40,140
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 4.31 $20.62 $42,900
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.10 $23.84 $49,590
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.28 $25.34 $52,700

Top paying nonmetropolitan areas for this occupation:

Nonmetropolitan area Employment (1) Employment per thousand jobs Location quotient (9) Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage (2)
Kansas nonmetropolitan area 40 0.11 1.28 $25.34 $52,700
West Northwestern Ohio nonmetropolitan area 50 0.18 2.10 $23.84 $49,590
Southwest Montana nonmetropolitan area 50 0.36 4.31 $20.62 $42,900
Central East New York nonmetropolitan area 60 0.39 4.66 $19.30 $40,140


About May 2018 National, State, Metropolitan, and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

These estimates are calculated with data collected from employers in all industry sectors, all metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and all states and the District of Columbia. The top employment and wage figures are provided above. The complete list is available in the downloadable XLS files.

The percentile wage estimate is the value of a wage below which a certain percent of workers fall. The median wage is the 50th percentile wage estimate--50 percent of workers earn less than the median and 50 percent of workers earn more than the median. More about percentile wages.


(1) Estimates for detailed occupations do not sum to the totals because the totals include occupations not shown separately. Estimates do not include self-employed workers.

(2) Annual wages have been calculated by multiplying the hourly mean wage by a "year-round, full-time" hours figure of 2,080 hours; for those occupations where there is not an hourly wage published, the annual wage has been directly calculated from the reported survey data.

(3) The relative standard error (RSE) is a measure of the reliability of a survey statistic. The smaller the relative standard error, the more precise the estimate.

(8) Estimate not released.

(9) The location quotient is the ratio of the area concentration of occupational employment to the national average concentration. A location quotient greater than one indicates the occupation has a higher share of employment than average, and a location quotient less than one indicates the occupation is less prevalent in the area than average.


Other OES estimates and related information:

May 2018 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Area Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 National Industry-Specific Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates

May 2018 Occupation Profiles

Technical Notes

 

Last Modified Date: March 29, 2019